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Your Ultimate Guide To Makeup Expiration Dates

Because using expired makeup is a big no-no!
IMAGE Clare Magno

Buying and playing different makeup goodies is always fun, but when purchasing a new beauty loot there's rarely an expiration date that is seen on the bottle or the tube. So how do you know when to continue using or when to start tossing? Differentiating usable makeup from expired ones can be tricky, but it doesn't have to be! Read on as we breakdown the different shelf life of your go-to beauty goodies.

Powder: 2 years

Compact powders usually have a longer shelf life compared to other beauty goodies. But if your go-to compact has turned flakey, smells differently, and has a grayish hue on top, then it's time to toss your compact away.

Foundation + Concealer: 6-12 months

If your liquid foundation and concealer's color is separating from the water formula, changes shades, or smells different from the first time you used it, throw it away to avoid any skin irritation.

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Lip/Eye Liner: 12-18 months

Like most makeup, if your liners have a weird smell or doesn't apply as smoothly as before, then it's time to replace it with a new one.

Mascara: 3-6 months

It isn't a secret that mascara tends to expire faster than the rest of your beauty loots. If your mascara smells, is a lot clumpier, and hard to apply already, toss it!

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Lipstick: 18 months

Lipstick usually lasts long, but if it's dry and has a weird smell, replace it with a new tube, STAT.

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The Rebecca Bloomwood of Manila. I spend half of my time obsessing about the latest fashion craze, and the other half overthinking and over-analyzing just about anything under the sun. When I’m not busy as a bee playing with fifty shades of pink lippies, you can probably catch me swiping my plastic for yet another pair of shiny, pointed gold flats.
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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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